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Sensual Home: Liberate Your Senses and Change Your Life [Paperback]

Ilse Crawford
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3 Mar 2006
Ilse Crawford's "Sensual Home" broke new ground when it was first published in 1997 and is still responsible for directing taste today with over 86,000 copies sold worldwide. Now back in print in a handy new format we can once again appreciate how groundbreaking Ilse's ideas still are. Beset by the rigours of modern life we need our homes to be havens of calm and tranquillity. "Sensual Home" offers guidance in achieving an atmosphere that is visually pleasing, sweet-smelling, airy and spacious, yet at the same time, warm and comforting, relaxing and energizing, whether alone or in company - in short, a place where we can really feel at home. Through concise, informative text and innovative photography, Ilse looks at Light, Space, Comfort & Texture, Harmony & Balance, Peace, Sustenance, Energy & Spirit and shows how you can plan, decorate and arrange your home to fulfil your needs.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; New Ed edition (3 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844002276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844002276
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As befits the title Sensual Home, this comes with a sensual suede-like cover, with an atmospheric cut-out card featuring a cat peering through a muslin window. Subtitled "liberate your senses and change your life", this is an interiors book with a difference. Reading the list of contents, such as hearing, touch, sixth sense, sight, taste, you could mistake this for a guide to holistic health.

Interiors guru Ilse Crawford is known for launching Elle Deco, the first contemporary interiors magazine, and then moving onto masterminding designer Donna Karan's home furnishings. Writing more like a wise friend, than a design snob, Ilse Crawford presents an approach to the home that transcends the look. This is not a how-to manual, but an invitation to consciously enjoy every aspect of the home, from bed linen to crockery, from food to flowers.

Absolutely every photograph by Martyn Thompson is a gem, from the child drawing on a giant black board, to the shaggy dog (captioned "we are all animals underneath"). Ilse Crawford's trademark contemporary style, with natural colours, comfy minimal furniture and the simplest of details such as log fires and candles becomes a vision available to us all. What's more, the clever database at the end contains a plethora of practical tips and information that will defy any cynic. --Lorna V --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


This literally stokeable, touchy-feely book offers a feast of
inspiration for all the senses.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Beautiful book that helps you generate your own ideas of how you could decorate your own home, to make it your own. We have just bought a flat, and after reading this book, together, over a cup of coffee, we have so many ideas of what we would / would not do. It doesn't give you ready made style, pre-packaged, for you to copy. Rather, it serves as a reminder of the important things often overlooked in today's hectic lifestyle. I would have given it 5 stars, if not for some sections such as Space/Organizing is too short (we really need help there having just bought a flat that has no built in cupboard/wardrobe), and we would really like more pictures, ideas generators. There is a list of shops where you can find things in the back, which is great since we really don't have time to shop around. (Please promise that you will be objective, and please don't take commission for listing these places. We trust you! ) Thanks, Ilse, we can't wait to see your next book!
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The senseless home 7 Mar 2005
By A Customer
I foolishly bought this book in the mistaken hope that as an ex-editor of Elle Decoration Ilse Crawford might profer some useful and practical advice on interior design. Instead it is full of platitudes, banaal pieces of amateur philosophy and flimsy attempts at 'lifestyle training'.
Amongst the more profound insights which appear in the book are the revelation that a bath is a place in which to "become aware of our bodies and enjoy their sensations" whereas "if you are in a hurry, take a shower". I had never thought to "choose a towel that is absorbent" but was pleased to have read this tip as I soon learned that "a fast way of cooling down is to splash your face with cold water".
What good fortune to have an expert like Ms Crawford to advise that "if the atmosphere in your home is too wet or too dry, you can redress the problem by using a humidifier or dehumidifier" - brilliant.
As I should have realised, this book is a triumph of form over substance, although come to think of it the volume doesn't even look that good. The price tag - barely more than a single copy of Elle Decoration - does not represent good value.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully inspiring book!! 11 Aug 2001
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This book is really inspiring and a delight to read again and again.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book to rediscover your humaness! 23 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book and a must read! It shows that if you slow down and take your time and really use your senses, your life would be much richer. Why is this unrealistic (as one reviewer mentioned)? Maybe most americans aren't up with the idea of living fully (and i don't mean with money or material things). we could learn a few things from the Europeans. They know how to enjoy life. I'd also reconmend A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman. Our senses are what make us humans.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge this book by its cover 28 Aug 1999
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When I first picked up The Sensual Home I was pleased. The cover material feels like velvet and the cover photo of a cat at a window evokes a sense of peace and harmony. However, the content is somewhat disappointing. Although the photos are beautiful, the author presents rather basic, commonplace knowledge regarding sensual elements used in home decorating. In addition, the text type is not a standard font but an unusual print style that is sometimes annoying and at odds with the beautiful photography. The Database chapter does give practical tips but in small print that is again difficult to read. This could be a better book if it contained just more photos of the same quality as presented. It goes on the coffee table.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful peace of soul 14 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book teaches us how to feel calm and organized, how to embelish and refine our senses with the best home arrangements. I loved it!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration and reminder of the simple pleasures in life. 6 Dec 1998
By Amy Goldstein (goldste@nevada.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
This is a wonderful coffee table book that one can pick up and read for inspiration and enjoyment. Reminding us to bring the senses into the home like hot baked bread, wonderful chocolate, fabulous linnens and indulgant pieces of furniture, this book is all about living intentionally, and living well through our senses. I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking to add some joy to their life through elements of their home.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The pictures are divine... 3 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
And the text makes you think about things that you are probably never going to think about in today's madcap and rushed society, simple things like natural lighting, linen textures, plants for detoxifying your environment, etc. There is just one thing that frustrated me about this book. On pages 54 and 55 there is the most amazing sofa I have ever seen, but there is no mention of where it came from or how to get one like it. Some of the references are clearly European and cannot be found in the States. But the overall philosophy is simple- we are animals and we need to slow down and rediscover our sensual being. And once you have found this simple mindset, you will see ways to make it happen all around you.
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